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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 4 Jan. 27, 2012 Word of the month: Values Photo courtesy of the Mountain Post Historical Center A look back Soldiers with the 89th Infantry Division participate in training exercises at and was completed by July 1942. The installation became a fort Aug. 27, 1954. Camp Carson in 1943. Construction for Camp Carson began in January 1942 See pages 18-19 for a look at the Mountain Post’s 70 years of history.DOD initiatives target sexual assault By Karen Parrish the good honor of the great majority of our troops policies the department announced in late December. American Forces Press Service and their Families. “When I was sworn into the office of secretary of Panetta announced four initiatives Jan. 18 designed Defense, I said that I had no higher responsibility WASHINGTON — Sexual assault has no place to aid victims and strengthen prosecution of military than to protect those who are protecting America,”in the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Leon sexual assault cases. He said a “broader package ofE. Panetta said Jan. 18, calling the crime a stain on See Secretary on Page 4 proposals” soon will follow two new sexual assault Message board INSIDE The new TRICARE appointment line is 524-CARE or 526-CARE. Appointments can be made online at http://www. tricareonline.com. Page 13 Pages 22-23 Page 10
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 27, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General:Garrison Commander: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson Soldiers, Families Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: Rick Emert continue to sacrifice Commentary by John McHugh Pfc. Ligon was just a boyEditor: Devin Fisher Secretary of the Army when terrorists attacked ourStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland nation a decade ago. He Dustin Senger For the first time in eight years, we’ve entered a grew up in a time of war Kerstin Lopez January without American Soldiers patrolling the streets and volunteered to serve Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett of Iraq. As the president confirmed (two weeks ago), knowing what that couldHappenings: Nel Lampe our transition in Afghanistan continues and troops will mean. As I spoke with hisSports writer: Walt Johnson be coming home in the months to come. mother, Susanne Willmore,Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall Since these wars began, we’ve had more than 47,000 I was struck by how proud American servicemembers wounded in Afghanistan and she was that her son had Iraq. Beside each one is a Family impacted by war … a made that choice two This commercial enterprise newspaper is Family who helps the wounded overcome their injuries and years ago to join the Army,an authorized publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of the face the challenges of recovery. Theirs is a heavy burden, and how determined sheMountaineer are not necessarily the official yet they face it with dignity, courage and resilience. was to help him persevereview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government orthe Department of the Army. Printed circulation Since becoming secretary of the Army more than two years ago, I’ve visited our wounded heroes and their and recover from his injuries. Family members McHughis 12,000 copies. Families at medical facilities at home and abroad. I am are an integral part of our Soldiers’ recovery. The editorial content of the Mountaineeris the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office, always moved and inspired by these great young men A short walk from the hospital complex is the CenterFort Carson, CO 80913-5119, Tel.: 526-4144. and women and their Families. They truly represent the for the Intrepid, an impressive rehabilitation facility withThe e-mail address is fcmountaineer@ strength of our Army and the best of our nation. state-of-the-art equipment. However, more remarkablehotmail.com. (Last) week I visited Brooke Army Medical Center than the structure are the young men and women who The Mountaineer is posted on the and the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, walk through its doors each day. Their tireless workInternet at http://csmng.com. The Mountaineer is an unofficial where I had the privilege of meeting more troops and to recover from the severe wounds of war is simplypublication authorized by AR 360-1. The their Families and awarding the Purple Heart Medal to a inspirational. The price of liberty is steep, but the menMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs number of these heroes. The Purple Heart is our nation’s and women I met exemplify courage, strength and theMilitary Newspaper Group, a private firm in oldest continuously awarded military decoration, and triumph of the American spirit.no way connected with the Department of the ironically, one that probably no one sets out to earn. Throughout our history, our freedoms have beenArmy, under exclusive written contract withFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. I had the solemn honor of awarding the Purple Heart bought through the sacrifice and selfless service of men The appearance of advertising in this to nine Soldiers Jan. 18. One of them, Pfc. Charles Ligon, and women like Pfc. Ligon — ordinary Americanspublication, including inserts or supplements, from West Frankfort, Ill., had recently returned from inspired to extraordinary service, and who are now risingdoes not constitute endorsement by the Afghanistan. He had suffered severe burns and other to meet new challenges.Department of the Army or Colorado Springs significant injuries including an amputation to his left As our brave men and women return home fromMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products orservices advertised. The printer reserves the leg after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device war, recognize the small purple ribbon so many haveright to reject advertisements. during a patrol with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat earned. It is a symbol of their courage, service and Everything advertised in this publication Team, 25th Infantry Division. sacrifice to our nation, but it also represents the sacrificeshall be made available for purchase, use or Like so many who’ve joined our ranks in recent years, their Families have made on our behalf.patronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equalopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regardingadvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, FortCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Releases from outside sources are soindicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the weekbefore the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to editsubmissions for newspaper style, clarity andtypographical errors. Policies and statements reflected in thenews and editorial columns represent viewsof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those ofthe Department of the Army. Reproduction of editorial material isauthorized. Please credit accordingly. 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  3. 3. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Reservists finish detainee operations in Afghanistan Story and photos by Dustin Senger one-year deployment handling detainee operations return of almost 100 Soldiers. They faced a set of Mountaineer staff in Afghanistan. bleachers packed with hundreds of Family members Capt. James Balutowski, 308th Military Police and friends, cheering with welcome home signs, A company of Army Reservists stepped inside Company, 244th Engineer Battalion, a Reserve gripping balloons and holding flowers.the Special Events Center Jan. 21 after completing a unit headquartered at Fort Carson, reported the The Reservists mobilized in January 2011 to Fort Bliss, Texas. Two months later, they landed in Afghanistan, where they’d spend the next 10 months managing the detention facility in Parwan. Balutowski said the Soldiers upheld their professionalism, while handling thousands of high-risk detainees. “They did outstanding,” said Balutowski, describing the Soldiers as Bagram Airfield’s experts in corrections. Their insight resulted in several changes to the detention facility, such as the addition of three new wings. The unit mitigated language and cultural barriers while tackling a difficult mission, he said. “They were dealing with detained terrorists who, a couple of hours ago, were trying to kill their buddies on the battlefield,” said Balutowski. “Now they’re responsible for their care, custody and control.” “It was mentally challenging to say the least … as a Soldier and a civilian,” said Sgt. Chris Baldwin, shortly after reuniting with his fiancée. “It’s just great to be back and breathe the fresh air again.” Spc. Andrea Nein described the deployment as “a good learning experience … I learned aCapt. James Balutowski, commander, 308th Military Police Company, 244th Engineer Battalion, reports the return of almost See Reservists on Page 4100 Soldiers Jan. 21 during a welcome home ceremony at the Special Events Center. FLEXIBILITY This is PPCC. We’re a top 50 school for military and veterans.
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 27, 2012Secretary that DOD civilians stationed abroadfrom Page 1 and DOD U.S. citizen contractors in combat areas receive emergency carePanetta told reporters at the Pentagon. and the help of a response coordinator“Our men and women in uniform and victim advocate,” Panetta said.put their lives on the line every day to The secretary’s third approachtry to keep America safe. We have a increases training funds for investigatorsmoral duty to keep them safe from and judge advocates, “because sexualthose who would attack their dignity assault cases are some of the toughestand their honor.” cases to investigate and prosecute,” he The secretary said 3,191 sexual said. Officials said the funding increaseassaults were reported in the military is $9.3 million over five years.last year, but because historically only The department also is creating ana fraction of such crimes are reported, integrated data system to track sexualthe true incidence of sexual assault assault reports and monitor caselikely approaches 19,000. management, Panetta added, “so that Troops willing to fight and die for we’ll have a comprehensive database fortheir country “are entitled to much information available later this year.”better protection,” he said. Panetta said his fourth current Some of the proposals rolled out in effort against sexual assault in thecoming months may require legislative military focuses on prevention and Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeleyaction, the secretary said, but he noted he leader training. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta answers questions at a press conference at thealready has worked with department, “Our leaders in uniform — officers Pentagon, Jan. 18. Panetta introduced Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, left,joint staff and service leaders to develop and enlisted — are on the front lines of director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office,and launch four approaches aimed at the effort,” he said. “They have to be. and emphasized efforts to prevent sexual assaults in the department.strengthening victim care and protection. We must all be leaders here. For this “First, I’ve directed the establishment reason, I’m directing an assessment, Servicemembers who file a transfer The secretary said the new policiesof a DOD sexual assault advocate due in 120 days, on how we train our request under the new policy are and other initiatives are importantcertification program, which will require commanding officers and senior enlisted entitled to a response from their unit steps, but he is determined sexualour sexual assault response coordinators leaders on sexual assault prevention commander within 72 hours, officials assault response and prevention willand victim advocates to obtain a cre- and response, and what we can do to said. If the request is denied, service- remain a top priority.dential aligned with national standards,” strengthen that training.” members can appeal to a general or flag “There’s much more work to be donePanetta said. “This will help ensure The secretary also summarized two officer or senior civilian in the chain of to prevent this crime, and we will bethe victims of sexual assault receive the new policies announced Dec. 27. command and receive a response within announcing additional initiatives over thebest care from properly trained and “The first … gives victims who an additional 72 hours. coming weeks and months,” Panetta said.credentialed professionals who can report a sexual assault an option to The second policy requires that The secretary addressed his closingprovide crucial assistance from the quickly transfer from their unit or instal- written, unrestricted reports of sexual remarks directly to military victims ofmoment an assault is committed.” lation, to protect them from possible assault to law enforcement officials be sexual assault. The secretary said he also has harassment and remove them from prox- retained for 50 years, Panetta said. “I deeply regret that such crimesdirected DOD to expand assault victim imity to the alleged perpetrator,” he said. “The reason for that is to have occur in the U.S. military,” Panetta said.support to include military spouses and Defense officials explained this option is these records available so that it will “And I will do all I can to prevent theseadult military Family members, who can available only to servicemembers who make it easier for veterans to file a sexual assaults from occurring in thenow file confidential reports and receive file unrestricted reports of sexual assault. claim with the Department of Veterans Department of Defense. I’m committedthe services of a victim advocate and A restricted report, which is Affairs at a later date,” he explained. to providing you the support anda sexual assault response coordinator. confidential, allows a victim to seek Records relating to restricted resources you need and to taking whatever“This was not the case before,” he added. medical aid and counseling, but is not reports will be retained for five years, steps are necessary to keep what hap- “In addition, we’re going to ensure communicated to the chain of command. officials said. pened to you from happening to others.” TIPSReservistsfrom Page 3 Sustainabilitylot about myself. “It feels amazing …being away from the peopleyou love and seeing themagain,” said Nein, while Januaryhugging her energetic West WellnessHighland terrier, surroundedby more than a dozen • Join a wellness program either onpeople wearing “I (love) or off post to get fit.Spc. Nein” T-shirts. Her • Make healthier food choices andFamily and friends had consider buying locally grown,converged from five states organic products where available.to welcome her home. “I was nervous. A good • Teach children the benefit of exercisenervous,” said Nein, about and eating right for better health.the moments leading to the Bike and walk together as a family.welcome home ceremony. • Make the outdoors a part of your“It’s the end of missing exercise routine — being outdoorssomeone — when you stop Spc. Andrea Nein, 308th Military Police Company, 244th Engineer Battalion, helps with stress relief.missing someone, that’s a gathers with her Family and friends Jan. 21 during a welcome home ceremonygreat feeling.” inside the Special Events Center.
  5. 5. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 552nd Eng. earns FORSCOM supply award By Spc. Andrew Ingram The 52nd Eng. Bn. Soldiers earned the right to “What enabled us to win at FORSCOM was 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs compete at the FORSCOM level by first distin- an incredible amount of hard work,” he said, “but guishing themselves at the post level, said Maj. it wasn’t just hard work from our battalion. It was The 52nd Engineer Battalion received the U.S. Benjamin Wallen, executive officer, 52nd Eng. Bn. the whole post, the family that we have here atForces Command Supply Excellence Award in the Competing against their sister units at Fort Carson Fort Carson. They all supported us in our endeavor.”property book category during a ceremony at Fort helped prepare the 52nd Eng. Bn. Soldiers for the The team overcame a huge challenge byCarson Jan. 12. FORSCOM competition, said Wallen. winning the Supply Excellence Award competition Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, deputy only two years after the battalion’scommanding general for support, 4th activation in 2010, said Wallen.Infantry Division and Fort Carson, While challenging, creating a brandpresented the award to Chief Warrant new battalion’s supply system provedOfficer 2 Curtis Campbell, property book to be a tremendous opportunity toofficer, 52nd Eng. Bn., who championed make sure the system worked fromthe battalion’s efforts to earn the award at the beginning, said Campbell.both the post and FORSCOM levels. “Starting the battalion from scratch Every year, units compete at the was very hard, but I was also able tocompany, battalion and brigade level create a very robust supply disciplinein the competition, which rates units on system,” he said. “We were able to pulltheir commitment to command supply ideas from other units we had served with,discipline, said Campbell. and I think the result was pretty good.” “With the operational tempo that we Wallen attributed his battalion’shave had in Iraq and Afghanistan over the success during the competition topast 10 years, it has become hard to Campbell’s impressive attention to detailmaintain accountability of everything,” in maintaining supply standards, andsaid Campbell, who received the award his outstanding direction of supplyon behalf of his unit. “This competition operations during the past two years.reminds us of the importance the Army “Chief Campbell is an all-star,” saidplaces on good supply discipline.” Wallen. “It was his efforts and his coor- The judges graded competing units Photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett dination with (Fort Carson) and theon their adherence to the standards set Sgt. Linda Gutierrez, left, supply specialist, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Curtis Campbell, companies for support that got thingsforth by the Army Command Supply property book officer, both with 52nd Engineer Battalion, check hand receipts for done. He was the catalyst that ensuredDiscipline Program in Army Regulation accuracy in an ongoing effort to maintain the standards that captured the U.S. Forces that we were successful.”720-2, which covers units’ responsibilities Command Supply Excellence Award. The battalion earned the award by exceeding the See Supply on Page 12toward issued equipment. standard in maintaining proper accountability for all assigned equipment. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN DENTAL GROUP Serving the Cheyenne Mountain Community Since 1978 Dr. Grant Our office uses the latest Dr. Bertsch technology including, Dr. VanOrman COS scanner, Water Biolase Dr. Koditek and EZlaser treatment. 3605 Star Ranch Road (corner of Star Ranch & Hwy. 115) 576-3276 Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 8a-5p Accepting new patients! MILITARY SPECIALS Secure your space today Save An Additional 5% On Your Monthly Rent FREE use of our moving van on move-IN and OUT FREE Call us today and reserve your storage CIRCLE DRIVE SELF STORAGE 2515 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO (South of Fountain Blvd, behind Shamrock Gas on Circle Drive) Become a fan of the Colorado Springs Business Journal on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CSBizJournal 719-447-0452 Get breaking news and headlines throughout the day, learn about upcoming events, special offers and more!
  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 27, 2012Miscellaneous request latrines, for service or to report damaged Call 524-1461 or visit the website at http://www. or overturned latrines. bragg.army.mil/sorb.VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans’ Association The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — 21st Reunion — is Feb. 25 at the Fort Myer, is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at Hours of Operation Va., Officers’ Club. Contact Hoa McNabb at building 1430, room 240. During duty hours, 800-506-2672 or email VIICorpsDSVA@aol. Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operate com for more information. phone number for after hours, holidays and under the following hours:First Sergeants’ Barracks Program — new weekends is 719-358-3275. Questions can also • Wolf — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- be submitted by email to FtCarsonTDS@gmail. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Friday. The FSBP Office, located in building com. Know your rights. Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. 1140, modular 2, 1886 Ellis St., assists Soldiers Legal services — provided at the Soldier (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 with room assignments and terminations. Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers p.m. (dinner).Work Management Branch — The DPW Work undergoing the SRP process. The SRP Legal • Stack — Friday-Thursday. 7-9 a.m. (break- Management Branch, responsible for processing Office will only provide powers of attorney or fast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. work orders — Facilities Engineering Work notary services to Soldiers processing through the (dinner). Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its SRP. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not • Warfighter (Wilderness Road Complex) hours of operation. The Work Management in the SRP process can receive legal assistance — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Branch, located in building 305, will be open and powers of attorney at the main legal office p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Closed Saturday and for processing work orders and other in-person located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next Sunday. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Afternoon customer support is by appointment prepares powers of attorney and performs notary • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 only, call 526-2900. services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), noVeterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday- can get assistance through the Veterans Services 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for p.m. (lunch), no dinner. walk-ins and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. Briefings Central Issue Facility regular business hours — are The VSG is located at The Retired Enlisted listed below. Call 526-3321 to make appointments. Association Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from Colorado Springs. For more information call — is held Feb. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 7:30-10:30 a.m. 719-337-0086. the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday fromAudie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Sergeant room 104. This training is required for all 12:30-3 p.m. Audie Murphy Club meets the third Tuesday of each Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from month at the Family Connection Center from 11:30 Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to 12:30-3 p.m. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The SAMC is open to all active those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- members and those interested in becoming future sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. SAMC members. The club was originally a U.S. captain and above. No reservations are required • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday Forces Command organization of elite noncommis- to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, from 12:30-3 p.m. sioned officers but is now an Armywide program first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday for individuals who have met the criteria and have 5613/5614 for more information. from 12:30-3 p.m. proven themselves to be outstanding NCOs through Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from a board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located in 7:30-10:30 a.m. president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 for building 381, conducts orientations Fridays from • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- more information. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss DLA 5512/6477 for approval.Recycle incentive program — The Directorate of processes to include turning in excess property, Education Center hours of operation — The Public Works has an incentive program to prevent reutilizing government property, web-based tools Mountain Post Training and Education Center, recyclable waste from going to the landfill. available, special handling of property and environ- building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards mental needs. To schedule an orientation, contact • Counselor Support Center — Monday- for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort Carson Arnaldo Borrerorivera at arnaldo.borrerorivera@ Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 Recycle Center, building 155. Points are assigned dla.mil for receiving/turn in; Mike Welsh at a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the pounds of recyclable goods turned in and mike.welsh@dla.mil for reutilization/web tools; or • Army Learning Center — Monday- every participating battalion receives money Rufus Guillory at rufus.guillory@dla.mil. Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to • Defense Activity for Nontraditional bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more information noon the second and third Wednesday of each Education Support and Army Personnel Testing — about the program. month at the Joel Hefley Community Center Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Medical Activity Correspondence Department responsible for a wide variety of services on Retirement Services Off ice recommends office hours — The Correspondence (Release of Fort Carson. Services range from repair and spouses accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Information) Office in the Patient Administration maintenance of facilities to equipping units with Call 526-2840 for more information. Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday a sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and below are phone numbers and points of contact for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for for services: for personnel being reassigned stateside. The more information. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort briefings are held in building 1129, Freedom Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from Carson Support Services service order desk can be Performing Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office reached at 526-5345. Use this number for emergen- briefings start at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required is located on the first floor of building 6222, cies or routine tasks and for reporting wind damage, to bring Department of the Army Form 5118, 1633 Mekong Street. Shipment under Full damaged traffic signs or other facility damage. signed by their unit personnel section, and a pen Replacement Value claimants must submit • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for Department of Defense Form 1840R to the carrier Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. more information. within 75 days. Shipment under Defense civ@mail.mil when needing trash containers, trash Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Personal Property Program claimants must log is overflowing or emergency service is required. the first and third Tuesday of each month at into the Defense Personal Property System at • Facility custodial services — Call Bryan noon at the education center, building 1117, http://www.move.mil and report all the items Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ@ room 120. Call University of Colorado- online within 75 days. Claims must be submitted mail.mil for service needs or to report complaints. Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for within nine months directly with carriers to • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan more information. receive full replacement value for missing and Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the destroyed items. All other claims should be @mail.mil. first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing submitted to Fort Carson Claims Office within two • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness years of the date of delivery or date of incident. Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, Call the Fort Carson Claims Office at 526-1355 dennis.j.frost.civ@mail.mil. first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 for more information. • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary days of their expiration term of service, but must Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior @mail.mil. Use this number to obtain self-help to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call BOSS meetings tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. 526-2240/8458 for details. are held at 10 a.m. • Base operations contracting officer Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526- the first and third building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. 9262 or email bruce.e.gronczniak.civ@mail.mil for Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant Wednesday of each questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance from any military occupational specialty, have a month at the Foxhole. and contractor response to service orders. general technical score of at least 107, be a U.S. For information, call • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army Physical 524-BOSS. 524-0786 or email jerald.j.just.civ@mail.mil to Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces physical.
  7. 7. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7 Training tests warrior skills Story and photos by The students paired off and Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell practiced the techniques step-by- 4th Infantry Division Public step with each other as part of their Affairs Office learning process. Fregoso tailored the Level 1 Blood, sweat and dedication training plan to provide a basic covered the faces of 11 4th Infantry understanding of Army Combatives Division Soldiers battling to become and allow senior leaders who, due to prof icient in the art of Army mission requirements, may not have hand-to-hand combat at the Fort the time to complete the course. Carson Modern Army Combatives “Basically, what I am trying to Program Fight House, Jan. 19. do is afford the senior leaders who Senior Soldiers and leaders can’t take a week off to do this trained as part of a three-week training, to be able to complete course during morning physical this very useful training and effective training instructed by Maj. Luis training for combat,” said Fregoso. Fregoso, assistant fires support It is surprising how many coordinator, Fires and Effects Soldiers today do not know anything Coordination Center, 4th Inf. Div. about modern Army Combatives, said Fregoso, an MACP certified Sgt. Maj. James Atchison, senior instructor, willingly assumed the task enlisted leader, FECC, 4th Inf. Div. of ensuring the Soldiers attending “Regardless of our time in his class received the proper service, we must continue to hone training, learning basic techniques our warrior skills,” said Atchison. of combatives to become certified in The instructor covered a variety Level 1 Combatives. of basic techniques throughout the “We tailor it so everyone learns course, including warrior stance, in a safe environment and understands three different sets of drills, control-Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sherwin Macalibo, targeting officer, Fire and Effects Coordination the basic requirements that the ling the opponent’s movement andCenter, 4th Infantry Division, delivers a thigh kick to Lt. Col. Keith Jarolimek, deputy fire Army wants every Soldier to know submission holds.support coordinator, FECC, 4th Inf. Div., during a react-to-contact exercise held at the Fort when it comes to ground fighting,” See Combatives on Page 9Carson Modern Army Combatives Program Fight House Jan. 19. said Fregoso. Having an Open House? Let our readers know! ONLY $30 For more information call 719-329-5236 or email m
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 27, 2012‘Iron Knights’ prepare 82nd Abn. for Afghanistan 1st Brigade Combat Team Public The deployed Iron Knights receivers, known as MILES gear, Iron of 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., practiced Affairs, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers served as ANSF role-players Knight Soldiers participated in several partnering with the ANSF role-players, during eight days of situational training exercises, ranging from combat outpost navigating through various scenarios they FORT POLK, La. — “Iron exercises and five days of force-on- defense, cordon and search, ANSF could potentially face while workingKnight” Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 66th force operational exercises. integration, improvised explosive with their Afghan counterparts.Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Wearing Desert Combat Uniforms device defeat and a combat convoy lane. “This is an important mission,” saidTeam, 4th Infantry Division, deployed and a full complement of Multiple During the three weeks of training See JRTC on Page 12to the Joint Readiness Training Integrated Laser Engagement System in the field, “All-American” paratroopersCenter at Fort Polk, La., to helptrain paratroopers for an upcomingdeployment to eastern Afghanistan. More than 350 “Raider” BrigadeSoldiers spent January at the U.S. ArmyCombat Training Center, in a role-playing capacity acting as AfghanNational Security Forces, to assist 1stBCT, 82nd Airborne Division Soldierstraining for their upcoming deployment. Soldiers of 1st Bn., 66th ArmorReg., drew from experience gainedduring their recent deployment to theArghandab District of Kandahar City,Afghanistan, where the Raider Brigadepartnered with Afghan security forces. “These Soldiers are intimatelyfamiliar with both the Afghan NationalArmy and the Afghan Uniformed Police,”said Capt. Geoffrey Shraga, officer-in-charge of Mission Command cell, 1st Bn.,66th Armor Reg. “They lived, patrolledand conducted operations with the ANSFin the Arghandab River Valley every dayduring their yearlong deployment.” Shraga said the Iron KnightSoldiers’ experience will be invaluablein helping to prepare the paratroopers U.S. Army photoof the 82nd Abn. Div., as they get Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantryready to deploy to Afghanistan. Division, stack against a wall at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Jan. 18. HIGHER EDUCATION HIGHER EDUCATION – MILITARY ST YLE MILITARY STYLE Your commitment to ser ve our countr y is as meaningful to us as it is to you. Colorado Technical Universit y is proud to offer suppor t designed specifically to recognize your unique accomplishments and needs. * or at tend classes even when deployed ** Contact us at 877.906.6555 or Text MILITARY to 94576 for more info 715 South Academy Blvd. 1850 East Woodmen Rd. 412 Eagleridge Blvd. * See the Course Catalog, and/or contact your Advisor for more information. See Course Catalog, and/or contact Advisor for more information. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Pueblo, CO 81008 **Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the University ’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. The person pictured is not credits to transfer. See University’s regarding CTU’s transfer credit pictured an actual service member. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.coloradotech.edu/ service member. disclosures graduation rates, more www.coloradotech.edu/ 719-637-3874 719-277-0553 719-553-0914 disclosures. disclosures. Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 244751–01/12 programs are available to residents guarantee salary. 244751–01/12
  9. 9. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 9 Combatives Modern Army Combatives School. from Page 7 “Bottom line up front, the person who comes to the fight with more “The purpose of this training is to people and weapons is going to win get these guys to understand basic the fight, and that’s basically what grappling techniques, some takedown combatives is gearing you around,” techniques and dealing with a striking said Atchison. confrontation,” explained Fregoso. The course gives Soldiers the The students also trained on knowledge they will need in combat proper techniques to create space to bring the fight to the enemy, and between themselves and the enemy also shows them size is not always a while wearing their combat gear factor, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 using tools that may be available to Sherwin Macalibo, targeting officer, Soldiers on the battlefield, such as 4th Inf. Div. FECC. rifles and Army combat helmets. Applying the proper technique “Now we do a lot more with means you can possibly take down a gear ... weapons transition and 300-pound enemy, said Macalibo. retention, and now it’s turning the “I believe when I look to my left focus at an earlier stage to building and my right and I know the guyMaj. Matthew Clark, battle major, 4th Infantry Division, gains side control over Col. Soldiers as tactical athletes,” said knows combatives ... it gives meSteven Cook, chief of sustainment, 4th Inf. Div., during a Jan. 19 training session at Staff Sgt. Benjamin Westrich, confidence in my comrades,” saidthe Fort Carson Modern Army Combatives Program Fight House. senior instructor, Fort Carson the 165-pound Macalibo. Aspen Dental Associates Complete Family Dental Care MILITARY INSURANCE (Dependents, Active-Duty, Reserve accepted) S. Wahsatch Ave. E. Pikes Peak E. Pikes E. Colorado Ave. Peak Ave. Santa Fe Railroad Homburg Station Bldg. Gregory D. Mock, D.D.S. Michael E. Gilbert, D.D.S. 559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 203 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 www.BirdDogBBQ.com DAILY SPECIALS LUNCH SPECIALS 10% OFF Mon - Fri for military (active or retired) $ 5.82 Stay ahead of your competition with breaking news from the CSBJ newsroom every day. Sign up at www.csbj.com
  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — Jan. 27, 2012 Cpl. Amanda Martinez, left, and Staff Sgt. Steven Brandon, 110th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, enter a building to search for a mock insurgent who attacked their platoon during a training exercise at Fort Carson Training Area Range 49, Jan. 19, in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.110th MP train for AfghanistanStory and photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram “We are doing what we call combat refresher time together to learn where everyone fits into the4th Infantry Division Public Affairs training,” said McKinney. “This is all training they’ve team and the platoon.” seen before, so I’m expecting quite a bit from my guys. In addition to honing their combat skills, the 110th “I can’t promise that we will be able to bring They need to be reactionary and aggressive when MP Soldiers also conducted convoy and securityyou supplies — I am not going to promise anything responding to problems like we will see today. Even if operations, escorting Soldiers assigned to 68th CombatI may not be able to bring you,” Staff Sgt. Steven they don’t know the right answer for sure, I want them Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd SustainmentBrandon told the Afghan Police Chief. “What I can to be assertive while they are out on these lanes.” Brigade, as they assisted victims of a simulated buspromise is that my Soldiers and I will help train your After a two-week rotation at the Joint crash and delivered fuel.men if you let us. All of the other things, I will need Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., and Maintaining good relationships with otherto take back to my command.” months of drills, the most important thing a 110th units is important while in garrison, but absolutely Before the police chief could respond, a shot rang MP Soldier can gain from the training is a reminder essential in Afghanistan, said Sgt. Matthew Hindman,out from across the village. to stay vigilant and ready as the deployment draws team leader, 110th MP. As Brandon began to organize his Soldiers, near, said McKinney. “There is a lot of good that comes from trainingadditional shots rang out, providing the military After the second day of training, Cpl. Amanda with other units,” Hindman said. “Not only do youpoliceman a point of origin; the second level of a Martinez, 110th MP, said her platoon benefited from learn how to work together effectively, but you learnbuilding on the opposite side of the village. spending more time together in the field. what other … units are capable of; how you can help With the help of the local police chief, Brandon “We have gained a lot of new Soldiers in the each other down the road.”led a fire team around the town, entered the building past couple of months who haven’t been doing Building strong relationships between units canand eliminated the threat. the tactical training we have,” Martinez explained. be the difference between success and failure in Brandon and the MPs assigned to 110th Military “They all seem pretty competent, but we need this military operations, said Staff Sgt. Will Hotchkiss,Police Company, 759th Military squad leader, 32nd TransportationPolice Battalion, conducted a Company, 68th CSSB.training exercise in preparation “We are all Army. We all wearfor an upcoming deployment to the same colors; we all speak theAfghanistan at the Fort Carson same language,” said Hotchkiss.Training Area, Jan. 18-20. Whether working at the team At Training Areas A and B, level, or on a convoy consistingplatoon leaders tailored the training of multiple units, good trainingto meet platoons’ individual needs, focuses on enhancing strengthssaid 2nd Lt. Michael McKinney, and improving weaknesses inplatoon leader, 110th MP. individual Soldiers, said Hindman. Company leadership designed “The biggest thing I thinktraining scenarios to simulate some we are all working here is how toof the challenges the MP Soldiers operate as a team,” he said. “Manywill likely face during their of us haven’t been together long,deployment, explained McKinney. and this training put us in a place Each platoon rotated through a where we need each other todifferent lane every six hours, succeed; and that is how we getwhile two platoons conducted better. That is how we learn what ispersonalized training at Training expected of each of us.”Areas A and B; another participated Hindman, who deployed toin the mock key leader engagement Afghanistan in 2009, said he iswhere Brandon and his Soldiers eager for the opportunity to leadcame under attack at Range 49; and and mentor his Soldiers throughat Range 50, another platoon led their first deployment.role-players acting as Afghan Pvt. James Abreu, 110th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, provides The 110th MP Soldiers are slatedpolice through a training regimen security for Soldiers of 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, to deploy in support of Operationof their own. as they assist victims of a simulated bus crash during a training exercise at Fort Carson Jan. 19. Enduring Freedom this spring.
  11. 11. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 11Voting assistance offices,websites smooth process By Jacqueline M. Hames vote,” Stephenson said. “Our goal is Army News Service to (get) everybody that wants to vote, whether it’s a Family member, a DA WASHINGTON — Among the civilian, a Soldier, (to get them to)many freedoms Soldiers fight to understand they can vote, they knowdefend is the right to vote. how to vote, they are afforded the Officials at the Human opportunity to do that, and that theyResources Command, in partnership know where to go to get assistance.”with the Federal Voting Assistance There are more than 5,500Program, is working to make the voting assistance officers, fromvoting process easy and accessible company level to installationto Soldiers, their Families and level, to help with the votingDepartment of the Army civilians. process, Stephenson said. Lt. Col. Stewart Stephenson, Voting assistance off icerschief of the HRC Soldier Programs help Soldiers register to vote andBranch, emphasized the importance cast their vote by providingof registering, updating information things like voter registrationand voting. forms and informing them how “Our mission, our charge, is best to return the ballots, but theinforming Soldiers on their right to responsibility to vote ultimately falls on the individual, he said. Soldiers can visit the FVAP website at http://www. fvap.gov to register and get Photo by Susan Galentine information on submitting ballots for each state. Soldiers who are Bringing the ‘goods’ deployed or have moved From left, Capt. Desiree Ledan, Master Sgt. Franck Emmou, Lyle Olson and Dan Pemwell, recently should update their Army Field Support Battalion-Fort Carson, unload recyclables at the Recycle Center, building information so officials can 155. The unit collected 36,044 pounds of recyclables, the approximate equivalent in weight send them an absentee ballot. to a large school bus, to claim first place for the third quarter of the Fort Carson Unit Absentee ballots can be Recycle Incentive Program. Second place went to the Fort Carson Dental Activity, which found on the FVAP website brought in 3,561 pounds and third place to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, that as well as voting assistance collected 1,515 pounds. Call 526-5898 for information on the Unit Recycle Incentive Program. Illustration by David Vergum offices at the unit level. Neurology Ali Murad, M.D. & Neurosurgery: John Nichols, M.D. Gary Cohen, M.D. Keith Norvill, D.O. HATS OFF! Richard Gamuac, M.D. Sumant Rawat, M.D. John Hudson, M.D. Mark Robinson, M.D. Dexter Koons, M.D. Stephen A. Smith, M.D. Andrew Levy, M.D. Ashakiran Sunku, M.D. OUR NEURO TEAM IS R. Lindsay Lilly, M.D. FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. U.S. News & World Report ranked five specialties at Parkview as “High-Performing.” That’s four more specialties than any other hospital south of Denver. If you need great care, it’s right here. And it’s only going to get better. www.parkviewmc.org Attention! Take the first step in furthering your career in Information Technology through your GI Bill Education benefits. At LeaderQuest, you can count on an education that is: Advanced: Learn today’s most advanced technologies The Spradley Auto Network in Pueblo is proud Accelerated: to introduce their automotive military Earn your CompTIA, Microsoft, or Cisco transportation consultant Eric Griego. He certification in as little as 4 weeks served in the Army for over 10 years. Eric Flexible: would appreciate you contacting him regarding Transfer your IT certification into college credits Eric Griego your transportation needs. He has access to should you choose to continue to earn your Associates or Bachelors degree Automotive over 800 new and used vehicles… All makes Military and models. Contact Eric on his personal cell LeaderQuest has been helping our Veterans unleash their careers in information The person pictured is not an actual service member Consultant phone. Technology for over 10 years. Call Eric at (719) 252-3418 Find out why LeaderQuest is the fastest growing IT training provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Offices in Colorado Springs, Denver Tech Center, and Broomfield Visit us at: www.LeaderQuest or Call 719-596-4545 AUTO NETWORK Free Job Placement Services for all students.
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  13. 13. Jan. 27, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 13U.S. citizenspledge theirallegiance Story and photos by Kerstin Lopez Mountaineer staff Nineteen servicemembers and Family membersbegan the new year by raising their right hand andvowing their loyalty to the United States during aceremony Jan. 19 at the Elkhorn Conference Center. The citizenship ceremony included the nationalanthem, reciting the oath of citizenship, the Pledgeof Allegiance and a video message from PresidentBarack Obama. The new U.S. citizens hailed from 13 countries— Canada, China, Federated States of Micronesia,Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines,Poland, Serbia, South Korea, St. Lucia and Vietnam. “Franklin Delano Roosevelt once describedAmerica as a ‘nation of many nationalities, manyraces and many religions bound together by a singleunity — the unity of freedom and equality,’” saidKate McNeely, Fort Carson Army CommunityService immigration coordinator. McNeely assists active-duty servicemembers andtheir Families, retirees and reservists who wish tobecome U.S. citizens. She visits with the applicantsto assess their situation and then assists them inputting their application packages together. “My office has the responsibility of servicing allarmed forces within the Pikes Peak region,” she said. Once the process is complete, which Nineteen servicemembers and FamilyMcNeely said usually takes about three months, members officially become U.S. citizensapplicants are called in for a morning interview during a ceremony held at the Elkhornwith an immigration and naturalization Conference Center Jan. 19.counselor. They also take a naturalizationtest — an oral exam of up to 10 questionson history, government and geography pulledfrom a list of 100 questions in the study guide.Those that pass the interview and test return inthe afternoon for the formal ceremony wherethey receive their certificate of citizenship. “Franklin Delano “The ceremony is very important as this iswhere the candidates take the oath and pledge Roosevelt oncetheir allegiance to the United States,” she said. Shanda Shepard, a Family member from described AmericaCanada, said the ceremony was great becauseshe had her Family and co-workers there to as a ‘nation of manysupport her and witness this monumentalstep in her life. nationalities, many races “My husband is proudly serving in theArmy and I fully support what he does andI am proud of what he does, and I’m proud to and many religionsbe a citizen now,” Shepard said. Shepard also added though the bound together by anaturalization process was lengthy; it waswell worth it and encourages others to take single unity — the unitythe step to become a U.S. citizen. Members of the U.S. armed forces and their of freedom and equality.’”Family members may be eligible for citizenship, — Kate McNeelyto include expedited and overseas processing,under special provisions of the Immigrationand Nationality Act. Soldiers and Family members interestedin becoming U.S. citizens should contactMcNeely at 526-0457 or email kate.mcneely@us.army.mil to schedule an appointment. For Messiah Shepard, Family member,more information visit the U.S. Citizenship plays with a small American flag afterand Immigration Services website at the citizenship ceremony he attendedhttp://www.uscis.gov. for his mother, Shanda Shepard.

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